Saturday, May 06, 2006

Street Preaching Today

There were three of us out today. However, we were joined by an unemployed man who goes to my church. He is a Christian, but not always all that consistent in his walk. I was much enouraged by his attendance. He gave out some tracts. The two of us did have a discussion about whether he ought to watch the film adaptation of the Da Vinci Code. I suggested that he would not be showing much love and honour to Christ by watching such a film, but he did not seem to understand this.

I stayed out for about an hour and a half and preached once. It was noisy today and I ended up raising my voice; a very bad practice. I started preaching about creation and then moved on to hell and judgment.

A group of teenage boys stopped while one of the team was preaching and stood around for a while. I did not approach them with tracts, as conversations with groups of young men are usually fruitless, but it was encouraging to see them stop.

24 comments:

Redeemed said...

Amen!

I was a bit worried about the da vinci code movie coming out, but I've had a few opportunities to witness through that door.

So I say, bring it on!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

But you surely would not want to see that movie?

Redeemed said...

NO WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

I didn't read the book and want nothing to do with it.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

That is good.

What would you say to my Christian friend who fancies watching the film?

Redeemed said...

Good question.

To me, it's for the obvious reason that it is nothing but lies concerning my Lord Jesus Christ. It is the work of the devil to deceive people that our Saviour sinned - hence, no salvation. And therefore, why would a Christian be associated with the devil's work.

Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Palm boy said...

Hey!
Fruitless? A seed make take root...

For your friend: It's fiction. Just watch it if you have to, but stay on your gaurd.

The IBEX Scribe said...

I know some Christians who are going to see it so they know what it says and can then respond to it better when people bring it up. I think it is reasonable, especially since they have read the literature about the problems with it and will be quite informed going into it. I personally have no intention to watching it.

Matthew, did you just say that you preached about hell? ;)

M. C. Pearson said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my Bible study group blog.

My husband read the Da Vinci Code to find out more about how to refute the claims. Although it is an excellent mystery/adventure the author uses unbiblical doctrine to back his claims. It is scary how many people will just stupidly nod their heads and go along with the lies. The Book of Thomas wasn't even written by Thomas! There is much to refute.

I agree with Palm boy that it is Fiction and your friend should keep reminding him/herself about that when/if he/she sees it.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks, Sarah.

PB, they were listening which was good. I ever get involved in street evangelism you may find that attempting to talk to a group of teenagers about Jesus is extremely difficult. The group dynamics inhibit any interest that individuals within the group show.

It was better to leave them in the hope that they would hear something of the preaching.

PB, could you enjoy watching a film that said those things about Christ?

Angie, I preached about hell as I often do.

MC Pearson, thanks for visiting. Naturally it is fiction, but it is not good to hear the name of Christ blasphemed. We amy beocme hardened to the thought of it.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Consecrated said...

Good for you Matthew for preaching abougt hell. You would be surprised to know that a number of people often stop and back up to me and actually ask me for a tract about hell (seeing I am of the few who dare flash it in the sight of people).

As for Palm Boy's comment, I think it is nonesense to claim that a Hollwood product like that in question can pass along as fiction only. Whether we like it or not, we do get affected by what we see. We may not realize it, but our minds are continually attacked, and we are being conditioned to believe lies. We should not put ourselves in dangerous situations, even though we know the truth.

I refused and never even watched the Passion movie either.

I have read the Book. I can argue the Truth.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I did not watch the Passion and have no intention of watchign it.

God Bless

Matthew

Redeemed said...

Yay! Another Christian that did not watch the passion and doesn't itent to.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Those movies do not honour our Lord at all.

M386 said...

Does nobody else think that Christians making so much fuss about a badly-written novel is just adding weight to the misconception that it has some basis in reality?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

M386, thanks for dropping in again.

I would largely agree with you that a lot of fuss has been made over a rather silly book.

Would you feel comfortable watching the film?

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

M386 said...

I honestly don't have a problem with watching it myself. I won't, until it's on TV, but that's because I'm not that bothered, not because I don't approve. As it happens, I think the premise is quite interesting (put that stone down!).

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Would it not might you angry to hear the Saviour spoken of in that fashion?

M386 said...

In what fashion, Matthew?

I have no right to get angry about a book I haven't read or a film I haven't seen. And life's too short to get angry about everything some well meaning Christian tells me I should be angry about. (I'm not pointing any fingers here, by the way, just venting.)

The fact is, and I say this as someone with an interest in writing fiction, the life and death of Christ is pivotal to modern society, however you view Christ himself. It's only natural that it should be explored from different angles in fiction.

The way it's executed might, if and when I eventually watch it, make me angry. But until then it is nothing more - to me - than an intriguing idea that should, perhaps, be explored in a way more sympathetic to the Christian faith.

Palm boy said...

Heh, I would not enjoy it. But if the guy has it in his head that he wants to, it could very easily become a stumbling block without even seeing it. Like 'God's restrictive rules are ruining my life' additude.

The IBEX Scribe said...

Matthew, I thought the fact that you preached about hell was somewhat interesting since I had just asked out of the blue not so very long ago. If I had just waited I would not have to ask.

I own the Passion movie and have seen it twice - once in the theater when it was first released and then again this Good Friday, I think (I had it on, but I wasn't really "watching" most of it). It is quite Catholic in its presentation, which does tend to annoy me in parts. It takes some artistic license, certainly, but I think that it still manages to tell the crucifixion story in a very powerful way. For me it serves as a good reminder of how high the price was that was paid for my sins. Is a picture worth 1000 words? I don't know. Any theatrical representation of Jesus is going to leave me dissatisfied, but at least Mel Gibson was ostensibly trying to make it as true to truth as possible. His understanding of it is just a bit different from mine.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

M386, well I would not like to sit through a film listening to lies being told about our Lord.

PB, interesting point.

Angie, I take a firm view that it is absolutely wrong to portray Christ either in art or through acting.

I do not think such films are at all honoring to our Lord.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Consecrated said...

There was a documentary on the movie in question last night. I thought I'd listen and see what was all the fuss about.

The documentary was very blasphemous that five minutes into it I could not listen anymore. Switched the TV off, and went to bed.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Leila, I would have done the same.

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